Friday, 28 February 2020

Seagulls favor food humans have handled

quote [ Herring gulls were presented with two identical food items -- one of which they had seen a human holding. The gulls pecked more often at the handled food, suggesting they use human actions when deciding what to eat. The University of Exeter study follows previous research which found that staring at seagulls makes them less likely to steal food.

"Our study shows that cues from humans may play an important part in the way gulls find food, and could partly explain why gulls have been successful in colonising urban areas." ]

Are you a good gull model?

Staring at seagulls helps protect food, say scientists: The secret to protecting your seaside chips from scavenging seagulls is to stare at them, scientists have said.
[SFW] [food & drink] [+5 Interesting]
[by Ankylosaur@10:37amGMT]

Comments

mechanical contrivance said @ 2:49pm GMT on 28th Feb
I can't abide those seagulls. Disgusting creatures.
Bob Denver said @ 6:53pm GMT on 28th Feb
It's because they think you're gullible...
mechanical contrivance said @ 7:14pm GMT on 28th Feb
They make my stomach tern.
takajou said @ 5:13am GMT on 29th Feb [Score:3 Funny]
These pun threads are for the birds. All your crowing just makes you sound like a bunch of boobies. Sparrow us from the horror.
Bob Denver said @ 8:52am GMT on 29th Feb
Spare us your puffin y'old coot! There be puns in these frigate birds! Albatross-ing a few when i think of them!
C18H27NO3 said @ 9:51pm GMT on 29th Feb
And here I thought the reason was because they figured out humans don't eat plastic.

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